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Residents can comment on pollution permit for Delaware City refinery

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The permit must undergo a 45 day EPA review period before DNREC can approve it. (PBF Energy)


Residents have until July 31 to comment on a proposed air pollution permit renewal for the Delaware City Refining Co.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will submit the proposed federal Clean Air Act Title V major source air pollution permit renewal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for that review before DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin can grant final approval.

“It is important to facilities to have up-to-date permits to operate under because the permit documents how they must operate to remain in compliance with applicable air regulations,” Garvin said in a press release.

DNREC held a public hearing on July 14, 2020 for the refinery’s draft air pollution permit renewal, with comments accepted through July 31, 2020. 

The agency received extensive comments on the draft permit renewal and responded to the comments in a memo from its Division of Air Quality. 

The memo is posted as an attachment to the hearing officer’s report with Garvin’s order at this link

The memo also discusses revisions to be made to the draft permit renewal as a result of comments the department received. 

Information presented at the refining company, along with comments received at the hearing and during the public comment period, can be found at this link.

Questions about the EPA’s review process can be directed to Mary Cate Opila, air permits branch chief, EPA Region III, email: [email protected].


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